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Crazy good Black Friday, Cyber Monday Vitamix and Blendtec sales on now!

Vitamix and Blendtec were both running good sales leading up to Thanksgiving, and in years past, those have been the best deal on a blender that you’ve been able to find.  It looks like this year they are both kicking their sales up a notch and putting out some once-a-year level Black Friday specials.

Prior to today, Vitamix was already running the best pricing I have ever seen on their Classic model, matching their Mother’s Day pricing of only $299 for their
Standard Reconditioned unit, which comes with a 5-year warranty.  As of right now, the Standard Reconditioned unit is only $285 at Vitamix.com.  That is the best price I have ever seen for that model, and is both the first Vitamix I ever bought, and the model Vitamix is best known for.  I do not know if that pricing will be good through Cyber Monday, or if that is just a Black Friday special, or if it is only available for a limited quantity, but it is available as of writing this post.

This deal is only available from Vitamix directly, and you can get free shipping by visiting Vitamix through this link.

Blendtec’s sale similarly gives free shipping as well as an additional $50 off all the sales the were already running on their refurbished blenders.  In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, they were on sale for  $229.95, with free shipping and without tax in most states.  That price has dropped another $20, making it available for $209.95.  I believe that deal is good through Cyber Monday, provided they do not run out of stock.  The Blendtec does offer a full seven year warranty, instead of the still impressive five year warranty of the Vitamix.  (Which I have used on two separate occassions.)

The best deals on the Blendtec blenders are available at this link.  The best pricing on the Vitamix Standard and Next Generation models, as of this blog post, are:

Standard:
5200 Standard – Getting Started (New, rubber handle and Whole Foods cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Turboblend VS (New, plastic handle, filtration bag, vegan and vegetarian cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Standard refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Next Generation:
7500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Next Generation refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

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Certified Standard Vitamix Blender promotional pricing confirmed through Thanksgiving 2014

I wrote in this recent post about the current promotion pricing on the  Standard Reconditioned unit over at Vitamix.com.  Shortly after noticing the promotional pricing that’s currently in effect, I received this in my inbox, which confirms that the current pricing is good through Thanksgiving.

Now through Thanksgiving, enjoy additional savings off the already unbeatable prices of our Certified Reconditioned Standard machines. We've backed them with a 5-year warranty and reconditioned them by hand right here in Cleveland (to make sure they'll look great under a certain evergreen tree.)  $299 (was $329)  Add $50 for brushed stainless finish

Now through Thanksgiving…

As has been the case with promotional pricing in the past, you can combine that sale with free shipping when you order from Vitamix.com.

Hopefully that helps keep people on the fence from being caught off guard when the price goes back up after Thanksgiving.

The best deal on a Vitamix Blender in the 2014 holiday season

This is my 100th post, and this blog just celebrated its three year anniversary!  And to think I was concerned when I bought my first Vitamix that I might not get enough use to justify the cost!  Here’s hoping year four of this blog is as fun as the first three!

I actually got a message on my blog today asking me what the best deal on a Vitamix currently is, and if there’s a good deal coming up at some point in the Christmas season.  Before I answer that question, it’s important to be clear on what blender you want.  I do also have a Blendtec Designer Series in January of last year, but this message was asking specifically about a deal on a Vitamix, so I’ll stick with that.  There are a few model lines that Vitamix currently sells, and while there are a lot of ways they are rebranded and packaged, there are really three choices.  I wrote a detailed post, How to choose the right Vitamix model for you, and for the sake of this post, I’m going to assume a potential blender buyer is looking at the Classic series and/or Next Generation models.  (Confused?  Read through the link on choosing the right model.)

Regardless of whether you are looking at the Classic series or the Next Generation models, the best deal on a Vitamix currently advertised is from Vitamix.com directly.  I have posted in the past about deals at Costco and Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, and I’ve also seen some “deals” at hautelook that haven’t ever beat what you can find at Vitamix.com.  The vast majority of the time, the best deal on a Vitamix is available on Vitamix.com once you know what model you want and track down the best offer.

I’ve been asked about the potential for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday specials, and if recent years are any indication of what to expect from 2014, you won’t get a better deal on just a blender by waiting.  Larger bundles have seen slight discounts and containers have seen discounts, but the various blenders themselves do not normally see a Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount.  That makes sense since Vitamix’s shipping tends to get backed up as you get closer to Christmas, which is likely their busiest season.

To add to that, Vitamix is already matching the best pricing I have ever seen on their Classic model, matching their Mother’s Day pricing of only $299 for their Standard Reconditioned unit, which comes with a 5-year warranty.

Now, you can save some additional money buying from Vitamix.com directly, you can get free shipping by visiting Vitamix through this link.) Once that free shipping is factored in, buying reconditioned models from Vitamix directly is most affordable way to buy a Vitamix, and usually means Vitamix.com is the best price on new models as well. So what are the best deals at the end of 2014?  I dug through, and as of today, the best pricing on the Standard and Next Generation models are:

Standard: 
5200 Standard – Getting Started (New, rubber handle and Whole Foods cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Turboblend VS (New, plastic handle, filtration bag, vegan and vegetarian cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Standard refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Next Generation: 
7500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Next Generation refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Find a better deal on a Vitamix blender?  Have any questions?  Let me know in the comments!

Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard on sale for Mother’s Day weekend

A quick visit to the Vitamix website shows that they have the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard (comes with a 5-year warranty) on sale for $299 over at Vitamix.com.  It’s normally $329, so that’s an extra $30 off the normal discounted price, and definitely a good deal!  You can also get free shipping with the links above.

Vitamix S30 Now Available

There is a new Vitamix blender available, the S30.  Vitamix currently has a nice promotional page up for the S30, but I’m not sure how long it will be up.

Nine days ago the S30 was over at William-Sonoma’s website, where it’s still showing as both “NEW” and “Exclusive“, but was not on Vitamix’s website at that time.  Today I received an e-mail from Vitamix introducing the new S30 and it is now available on their website.

So how does the new blender compare to the other Vitamix offerings?  Right now, in my mind, the main options for people in the market for a Vitamix are a refurbished 5200 for $329 or the newer 7500 for $529, available refurbished for $449.

From a cost and size perspective, the new S30 is the smallest and least expensive Vitamix available.  But my first impression is that it is not a product I would recommend for many people.  It does not have as large of a container or as much horsepower as two larger Vitamix models mentioned above.  My initial impression is that it is a niche product for people who have enough disposable income to buy something like this regardless of whether they literally only use it for smoothies or use it a few times and relegate it to the back of a cabinet somewhere.

I think that the vast majority of people who would consider purchasing this should very strongly consider a 5200 or 7500.  That is my personal opinion has someone who has spent years using a 5200 and 7500 regularly for dips, mixes, peanut butter, soups, green smoothies, frozen beverages, etc.

For a single person who wants to bring their super-blender with them when they travel, maybe the S30 makes sense, but until I hear, read or experience something that changes my mind, I would strongly suggest people looking at this seriously consider a 5200 or 7500 instead.

How to choose the right Vitamix model for you

It’s easy to look at the Vitamix website and wonder how you’re supposed to know what the Vitamix model differences are, let alone which model is best suited for your needs.  It’s actually substantially less confusing than it looks at first glance, and I’ve put this post together to help walk people through the main differences.

There are two main options, which I’ll describe as the older, tried and true model, and the newer, quieter and slightly more powerful model.

Older Models Vs. New Models

Vitamix started selling the Professional Series 300 in 2012 and has since released several other blenders models based on that motor base.  All of the other Vitamix models are a variation of the 5200 model.

So what are the differences between the two blender types?  I owned both a 5200 and a 7500 (a variant of the new motor base), and I wrote a post in 2012 listing the differences, but I’ll summarize the pros of both below:

Older Model:
Vitamix refers to these as Classic models
Less expensive

Narrower 64oz container handles smaller mixes better

Newer Model:
Vitamix refers to these as Next Generation models
Quieter (but still loud)

Simpler controls
Handle thicker and challenging mixes better
Fits under standard cabinets

I prefer the newer model, but as made clear in my first blog post comparing the two blenders, the new models are still loud.  My Blendtec is also very loud.  The press release for the Pro 300 claims the new model is 10 decibels quieter than it’s predecessor, but high end blenders are very loud, so know that the new models are quieter, but not quiet.

The newer models also use a variable dial from speeds 1-10 for all speeds, while the older models have a variable dial from 1-10, and then a switch that puts the blender in high gear, equivalent to what you get by simply dialing up to 10 on the newer models.

The newer model does have a shorter, wider jar, which has the negative side effect of not being as well suited to smaller mixes as the older models, but the upside is that the newer model handles large, thicker mixes, like peanut butter, better than the older model.  I have had the 5200 turn off automatically under strenuous mixes, while those same mixes have never given me a problem with the 7500 or Professional Series 300.

The newer model does fit under my cabinets, while the older model did not, but I never had a problem with my 5200 living on my kitchen counter due to it’s height.

Obviously the price depends on exactly what model you are looking at, but the older models tend to be less expensive.

Hopefully that’s enough for you to grasp your first important decision in choosing the right Vitamix for you.  I’ll now break down your choices for both Older (Classic) Models and Newer (Next Generation) Models:

Older Models:  Two-Speed, Standard and Standard Programs

Two Speed, Standard and Standard Program Blenders are the category names Vitamix uses when selling their factory refurbished models.  The names are very fitting, and describe what you’d likely expect.

Two Speed:  The Two Speed forgoes the variable dial completely, having simply a low and high speed.  Two speed models include the TurboBlend Two Speed and the CIA Creations.

Standard:  The Standard models have the variable speed dial as well as the high speed switch.  Standard models include the 5200, CIA Professional Series, Creations II, Creations GC, Professional Series 200, Total Nutrition Center and TurboBlend VS.

Standard Programs:  Identical to the Standard, except the speed dial includes three pre-programmed settings for smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts.  Models include the 6300 and Professional Series 500.

Newer Models:  Next Generation and Next Generation Programs

Next Generation and Next Generation Programs are the category names Vitamix uses for the newer models.

Next Generation:  The Next Generation is the standard newer model.  It has a variable speed dial similar to the older models, but the high speed switch has been replaced with a pulse switch, and turning the variable dial to 10 is all that is needed to use the blender on it’s highest speed.  Models include the 7500
, Professional Series 300 and Creations Elite.

Next Generation Programs:  While the Standard Programs models include only three pre-programmed settings, the Professional Series 750 includes five presets:  Smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, purée and wash cycle.  Currently, the only model sold with these programs is the Professional Series 750.

Unless you only need a Two Speed model, or really, really want a blender with preset cycles, you should probably be looking at one of the standard versions of the older or newer Vitamix blenders.  I also own a Blendtec Designer Series blender, which is better designed for presets, offering six different cycles, and a large, bright display that counts down how much time is left in the cycle it is using.  Even with the Blendtec, I am not a big fan of presets, and have found that only the soup setting works well consistently.  I definitely prefer my Vitamix to my Blendtec, and I would rather use the Vitamix with manual controls, using the tamper when it helps, than use pre-programmed settings.

I know which of the five choices I am interested in, now what?

Once you’ve identified which of the five options above is most suitable for you, you just need to identify which model you’d like to order.  Note that the difference between models in the same category are limited to things like the face plate and accompanying cookbook.  I had both a 7500 and Pro 300 for a brief period of time, and I wrote a blog post, with photos, showing the similarity and differences between the two blenders.  If you are concerned about what cookbook your blender comes with or whether your blender has a stainless steel faceplate, then you’ll need to look at all the models for that category to find the one that is the best match for you.  However, if you’re most interested in which blender offers the best bang for your buck, I have identified the best priced blender for each of the five categories.  The best priced option, which I list below for each of the five variations, includes Vitamix’s standard 7 year warranty, with the exception of the Two Speed, where all models offered have a five year warranty.

If you want to save a bit of money, Vitamix offers a refurbished version of each of the five options, which includes a five year warranty.  The warranty experience is phenomenal regardless of whether it is the five year or seven year.  I have had very good warranty experiences, and received the same stellar support with my refurbished Creations II, my first Vitamix, that I did with the 7500 I purchased new.

Two Speed:
TurboBlend Two Speed (New, comes with a 5-year warranty)
Two Speed (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Standard: 
5200 Standard – Getting Started (New, rubber handle and Whole Foods cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
TurboBlend VS (New, plastic handle, filtration bag, vegan and vegetarian cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Standard (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Standard Programs:  
Professional Series 500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Standard Program Blenders

Next Generation: 
Vitamix 7500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Next Generation (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Next Generation Programs:
Professional Series 750Stand (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Next Generation ProgramsStand (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

I have bought two of my three Vitamix blenders from Vitamix directly, and I definitely recommend purchasing from Vitamix directly if possible.  Whether you are interested in purchasing online or by phone (1-800-848-2649), Vitamix offers free shipping, which makes a reconditioned model from Vitamix.com
the most affordable way to buy a Vitamix, and usually means Vitamix.com is the best price on new models as well.

I’ve written in the past about why I would spend so much money on a Vitamix blender.  Hopefully, with those post, I’ve helped make sure that anyone else who is buying one can do so knowing they’re buying the right Vitamix blender for their needs.

Edit: Since writing this post, Vitamix has improved their website and naming to refer to the new models as Next Generation blenders and the older models as Classic model.  I’ve updated this post to reflect that nomenclature.  I’ve also written a helpful post on what blender containers are available for each blender.

Why would I spend so much money on a Vitamix Blender?

I definitely understand how crazy it sounds to some people to spend three figures on a blender. I deliberated myself for a few weeks before I finally decided to buy my first Vitamix blender, and I started this blender blog in part to make sure I kept using the blender.

Two years later, I have no regrets, and would encourage people who are on the fence to buy a Vitamix. In this post, I’ll try to articulate the reasons I think a Vitamix blender is worth the price, focusing on some key points and sharing my personal experiences.

 

Extremely High Performance Blender

Almost everyone would agree that Vitamix makes phenomenal blenders. Impartial reviews universally praise the Vitamix. One such example is a blender showdown by Popular Mechanics, where the Vitamix 5200 had the smoothest results of the five manufacturers that were tested, and Vitamix shares the top spot in the most recent Consumer Reports blender rankings.

Yes, there are other high performance blenders available, but it’s good to be aware of difference between an average blender you might find at a big box store and a high quality, high powered blender. Peanut butter and hummus made with fresh sesame seeds instead of tahini paste are examples of things that you just can’t make in your average blender.

But even if you’re not interested in making something that demanding, the texture difference between an inexpensive blender and a high powered blender is profound. Something as simple as a frozen banana and milk or ice cubes and fresh fruit is amazing with the right texture. I love Hawaiian shave ice, or as it’s called in Japan, かき氷 (kakigori), but I have virtually no interest in snow cones, and the only difference is texture. Whether it’s frozen treats, soups, dips or sauces, if the texture is better, the end results tastes better.

 

Extremely Good Customer Service

I have killed my fair share of less expensive blenders. The ice cubes and frozen bananas I mentioned above that blend in my Vitamix have both been culprits in the early demise of cheaper blenders. Most, if not all, of those blenders probably had a one-year warranty, and broke inside the first year. I didn’t have any of them replaced with their warranty because I have jumped through similar hoops with other household products (most recently an electric blanket) and it usually ends up being more hassle than it’s worth, even if you did keep the receipt.

I will admit, I have a very low tolerance for automated call centers that ask me to enter model numbers with my touch tone phone and/or it require navigating multiple menus and a lengthy hold time before speaking with a representative reading from a script.

One of the reasons I purchased my Vitamix is because of the experience I had when I first called them to ask a few questions about their blender while I was on the fence. I almost immediately spoke with a real person who was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions and concerns. I felt like, if I ever did have an issue with my blender, they would actually take care of me.

Sure enough, they did. I’ve actually had two issues with my blender, and both times, I was shocked with how good Vitamix’s service was.

My first issue, which is detailed in this post, was likely something I was partially responsible for, as I was throwing peanut butter, mochi, squash and a lot of other tough ingredients in the blender to see what it could handle. When a piece of the blender finally broke, I called Vitamix. I spoke with a representative who explained the piece that broke was designed to break under high stress to protect the rest of the blender.  She sent me out a prepaid shipping label to send everything back to VitaMix at no charge.

Less than two weeks later, I had my repaired blender back, along with a brand new blender jar, and it hadn’t cost me a dime, only a few minutes on the phone.

I was very impressed, but my second experience with Vitamix support was even better. I liked my Vitamix so much that I bought a Vitamix 7500, planning to give my 5200 to my parents for Christmas. I stuck the wrong tamper into the 7500 blender running on high and, well, there’s a picture over in this old post that’s worth a thousand words.

I called Vitamix with a mea culpa, explaining that I had done something very dumb, damaging both the blade assembly and my tamper, expecting to pay to fix one or both damaged items. Not only did Vitamix support say they would replace both under warranty, but when I explained that I was heading to Florida soon for Christmas, and that I was bringing the 5200, without blinking, the woman I was speaking with asked for my parents’ address, saying they’d try to get the tamper to my parents’ house before Christmas, and would send the blade assembly for the new blender to my house so it’d be waiting when I got back home.

In January of this year, when I was able to get a Pro 300 for free from work, they let me return my 7500 without any trouble, paying for the return shipping.  I cannot think of another company with customer service that can hold a candle to those three experiences.

 

Extremely Long Warranty

Vitamix’s standard warranty is seven years. Those customer service stories I shared above? They’re even more amazing when you consider that you are covered for seven years when you buy a new Vitamix blender. Even when you buy a reconditioned blender from Vitamix, it comes with a 5-year warranty, standard.

 

Extremely Long History

One of things that surprised me about my Vitamix is that is made in the USA. I just checked, and it is the only kitchen appliance in my house that is made in the USA, and even states proudly on the label that it is “made with a minimum of 70% U.S.A. content.” (I have a high quality Zojirushi rice cooker that is made in Japan, but outside of my rice cooker and Vitamix, every other appliance in my kitchen is, you guessed it, made in China.)

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Vitamix was founded in America three generations ago back when high quality kitchen appliances were built in America and built to last. They’re actually still making high quality kitchen appliances in America that are built to last.

Their current president is the great-grandson of the founder, and no blender manufacturer has been around as long, or been as focused on blenders, as Vitamix. That seven year warranty I mentioned above provides that much more piece of mind when you realize that seven years is less than a tenth of the company’s history.

 

Extremely Good Controls

Maybe this doesn’t deserve it’s own subheading, and what I’m about to go into is certainly personal preference, but I want to mention the controls. I’ve had more than one person ask me about the analog dial and switches compared to other blenders with presets and buttons.

My parents replaced there older electric stove top with a new one with an LCD that offers, L, 2-9 and H for each burner. They like it, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who prefer that, but I very much prefer having my natural gas stove, and the analog controls that go with it. That’s how I feel about the controls on my Vitamix. I don’t want to press a button with the assumption that 60 seconds is the right amount of time for the texture I’m looking for, I’d rather have control over the strength and duration.

The pulse option of the 7500 is a nice feature I occasionally use, but even if I went back to using a 5200, I’d prefer those controls over something just buttons and presets. (This is coming from a computer nerd.)  My view point is obviously not universal, as Vitamix offers more than one version of the 7500/Pro 300 that does have presets.

 

Should everyone go out and buy a blender this expensive and this nice? Absolutely not. I’m one of those people that falls into the category of regular blender user and I think it’s a wonderful kitchen appliance for people who will use it regularly.

When my family moved from Japan to America after the March 11th earthquake, we had to get rid of all our electrical appliances that wouldn’t work with American voltage, which included the blender my wife had gotten me as a gift years earlier.  She bought me a nice blender because I told her about my history of killing cheap ones making frozen drinks.  The one blender she had bought me in Japan survived more frozen drinks than all the blenders I had gone through in high school and college.

The satisfaction I derived from using a quality blender in Japan, contrasted with the frustrations of dealing with blenders jamming, breaking and leaving chunks pushed me to finally spending the money to buy a nice blender in the states. I was worried that I’d regret the decision, to the point that I started this blog to maximize the chances I wouldn’t, which is ironic, because years later, the reason the blog has seen the 50+ posts that it has is because it’s one of my favorite purchases.

My uncle has an impressive collection of high quality tools. His motto on quality products is: “You can cheap out on a tool, and regret the decision every time the tool breaks or isn’t up to a task. Or, you can spend the extra money on a quality tool, where you might feel some regret when you first pay for it, but every time you go to use that tool after that, you’ll be glad you have it.”

I think that sums it up pretty well.

 

If you are wondering whether the 7500 or 5200 is right for you, I recommend this post: Is the Vitamix 7500 worth the extra money?
Buying a Vitamix on a budget?  I talk about the refurbished option in this post:  How to get a Vita-Mix 7500 (for a great price!)
If you do decide to buy a Vitamix, I recommend buying direct from Vitamix.com.

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